You would figure that with the start of the season right around the corner, Iowa Hawkeyes Head Coach Kirk Ferentz would be focused on repeating as Big Ten West Champions. He would be focused on getting back to Indy and getting in the College Football Playoff.
Well, guess not.
Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register was around for Ferentz’s media availability this morning, and Kirk went full Kirk.
Thought I would share Kirk Ferentz's comments on Drew Ott today, unprompted, in his opening statement: pic.twitter.com/x76ewHGiRj— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) August 23, 2016
Kirk is still fully upset that Drew Ott, from Giltner, Nebraska and the poster child of the Nebraska boy spurned by the Cornhuskers (thanks Bo, but that’s another show) didn’t get this season back.
Husker Mike has already documented the reasons that Ott didn’t get the extra year, as well as the butthurtness that has followed with it. Obviously, Ferentz has told the team to get over it, but he just can’t.
However, the kicker on this comment? The person in question he’s talking about can not be anyone else but Nebraska QB transfer Tanner Lee. Lee & Nebraska found out 10 days ago he will get another year due to a new OC when he was at Tulane.
I’ll grant that Ferentz can be upset that Lee got the extra year for the OC rule, because I was wondering how Lee was going to get it as well. But, Lee also has 2 years before he’s got his degree. Ott had only qualified in 2 of 3 needed items applying to a Medical Redshirt.
However, it’s clear that Kirk still thinks the NCAA did Drew wrong. Yes, Ott played with a bum elbow before a ACL tear ended his year. And maybe the NCAA could have showed compassion on that, but they didn’t. Lee and Ott are two different situations with different outcomes.